On Friday, April 30th, The “Queen of Dancehall’ Spice, released and celebrated her hypnotic new single, “Go Down Deh” featuring Reggae/Dancehall legends Sean Paul and Shaggy, produced by Grammy Award nominee, Costi Ionita and Shaggy and written by Spice, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Costi and Shane Hoosong. The newly released single dominates global reggae charts with its debut at #1 on US and Israeli iTunes Reggae, #2 in the UK, Italy and Canada, and Top 10 on Apple Music, iTunes and Deezer in multiple countries including Japan, Jamaica (#1 on Apple Music), Germany and the Netherlands. In addition, the correlating music video – directed by Jay Will (credits include: M.I.A, Lee Scratch Perry, Kayne West, Shaggy, Major Lazer) – premiered on BET this weekend and has since garnered 1M YouTube views and is #1 YouTube trending in Jamaica while also sitting atop Tidal Reggae and Dancehall Video hits.
Last Friday, the night and ambiance was set for a queen with Egyptian themed décor around the room of the Cosmopolitan Premier Lounge in Decatur, Georgia. VH1 Love & Hip-Hop cameras rolled as cast members Rasheeda, Safaree Samuels, Yandy Smith-Harris, Karlie Redd, Sierra Gates, and Jasmine Ellis, among others walked the red carpet to the ‘Queen of Dancehall’s single release party.
When Spice arrived, fans became increasingly ecstatic as she walked the red carpet in her pink floor length pink braids and a Versace jumpsuit. Reggae/dancehall icon, Shaggy surprised fans and came on the carpet with a boombox backpack blasting their new single, “Go Down Deh.” Both Shaggy and Spice danced and whined on the carpet. Spice expressed her gratitude to Shaggy for executive producing her forthcoming album that is set to release on Friday, July 30, 2021.
As the DJ blasted Dancehall/Reggae music, the audience gathered around the stage for Spice’s performance. Spice is known for her colorful and fun performances that invites fans into an unforgettable Dancehall experience. Spice dramatically entered the room with four muscled-oiled up men carrying her like the Queen that she is onto the stage. More than 20 dancers dressed in all gold with Cleopatra styled wigs lined up around the stage for a captivating performance that also featured the one and only, Shaggy.
As the night continued, fans started gathering around the stage once more chanting for Spice to perform her new single, “Go Down Deh” one more time! Spice was happy to appease her fans and got back on stage, but this time she wanted her fans to join her. The Queen of Dancehall started a whine competition to see exactly who could indeed, “go down deh.” Fans got on stage and expressed their love for her, and one fan even revealed that she ‘drove 6 hours to see her.’
After the fan finished her “Go down deh” whine, Spice offered her a spot on her dance team! Love & Hip Hop Atlanta cast member, Safaree, also joined Spice on stage along with a number of fans to dance. Safaree told the crowd he was the other “S” because Sean Paul couldn’t attend, and the night was dubbed as “Spice, Shaggy and Safaree.”
Karlie Redd’s daughter, Jasmine Ellis, and Yandy Smith Harris also joined Spice on stage to render a “cute” whine to show their excitement and support. As the night wrapped, Spice expressed her gratitude to the entire room, revealing to the crowd that because of all of their support the new album will be titled, “Ten” to commemorate the 10 years she’s been in the industry.’ Spice also spoke about her humble beginnings that included her struggles with homelessness. The event was an unforgettable experience that brought the dynamics of Love & Hip Hop, and Dancehall together, all while revealing the humble heart of an amazing entertainer, performer, mogul, and mother–Spice.